I would like to start with something free, since the team is small enough(6-7) right now. Any suggestions for something better?
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I really, really like PT for agile or semi-agile or aspiring-agile teams.
It's free, opensource and web-based.
There's also the issue of how tasks are prioritized and how new ideas are merged into the work queue. Stormweight is a product in private beta that allows your team to merge their preferences democratically for brainstorming and team decisionmaking. Email email@example.com if you're interested in the beta.
[Disclaimer: I'm a co-founder and chief engineer at Stormweight]
1. Add Tasks from Google Labs to everyone's gmail account
2. Add same to Google Sites (you can insert gadgets into pages, just make sure you add Google Labs Tasks and not other task apps also from google)
What I really like about this setup is the ability to create tasks from emails with 1 click, so you can keep track of the whole conversation from the individual task itself.
It's not the prettiest setup but it does have the ability to share conversations, create multiple projects and structure tasks hierarchically - which to me is all you need. And hey, it's free and builds on what you already have.
I can't stress this enough.